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About Certification

Credibility. Influence. Opportunity.

You can reach new heights in professional security ​excellence with an ASIS board certification!

Be one of the many ASIS board certified practitioners that are leaders, mentors, and trusted strategic partners, serving both their organizations and the profession

Ready to achieve your professional and personal best? Choose the certification that's right for you.

Steps for Certification

Applying for Certification

Preparing for the Exam

The Value of an ASIS Certification

Enjoy personal satisfaction and professonal achievement by:

• Validating your security management expertise
• Elevating your stature in the profession
• Gaining a competitive edge in the marketplace
• Enhancing your career and earnings potential
• Broadening experience and training from law enforcement and military backgrounds


The Value of an ASIS Certification to Your Employer

• Build a strong, dedicated team committed to high standards and continuing professional development
• Promote ongoing enhancement of critical job knowledge and skills
• Feel confident that your staff are using best practices
• Recruit the most qualified professionals
• Reinforce or elevate your organization’s reputation and credibility

Reaching Your Career Potential: Why ASIS Certifications Are a Vital Professional Investment

Choosing a Certification

Certified Protection Professional (CPPⓇ)
The Certified Protection Professional (CPPⓇ) is considered the "gold standard" for security management professionals. This certification validates your knowledge in all areas of security management. Eligibility requirements include 7-9 years of security experience and 3 years in responsible charge of a security function.

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Associate Protection Professional (APP)
The Associate Protection Professional (APP) designation provides the first "rung" on the security manager's career ladder. It is for those with 1-4 years of security management experience and measures the professional’s knowledge of security management fundamentals, business operations, risk management, and response management.

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Professional Certified Investigator (PCIⓇ)
The professional Certified Investigator (PCIⓇ) certification provides demonstrable proof of an individual's knowledge and experience in case management, evidence collection, and preparation of reports and testimony to substantiate findings. Requirements include a high school diploma or GED equivalent and five years of investigations experience, with at least two years in case management.

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Physical Security Professional (PSPⓇ)
The Physical Security Professional (PSPⓇ) demonstrates your knowledge in physical security assessments, application, design, and integration of physical security systems, and implementation of security measures. Eligibility requirements include a high school diploma, GED equivalent, or associate degree AND six years of progressive experience in the physical security field OR a Bachelor's degree or higher AND four years of progressive experience in the physical security field.

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How Certification Benefits Military and Law Enforcement

Whether you are active duty or transitioning to the private sector, ASIS certification helps you build on your previous security experience, conveys your professional strengths, and can ease the transition to the civilian workforce. 

"After retiring from the army…. I joined ASIS, as recommended by an Army colleague, and the association was invaluable in my learning process about transition and specifically into the private, non-DOD, sector. 
As I reviewed job announcements, I noted that a CPP was preferred or required. I achieved my CPP after 6 months of study and was hired as a Director of Security at a large hospital in Washington, DC, just three months after getting certified. Certification evens out the field as military members compete with counterparts from the private sector."
~Rose Miller, CPP, CHPA, Consultant, Self employed

Meet a Certificant

"If you are someone who likes to help people, be part of a mission greater than yourself, and don't mind unique challenges, it's definitely the right path for you." - Anjali Sniadowski, CPP, PSP

Anjali Sniadowski, CPP, PSP admits that a security career may not be for everyone. She can list some downsides: irregular hours and hard work. But in her mind, the pluses outweigh any negatives.

Certificant Spotlights

ASIS salutes all certified practitioners for their commitment to professionalism and continued improvement. Spotlights, featured here and in Security Management magazine, offer personal insights from certified practitioners explaining why they opted to earn their board certification.

Check out all of their stories and learn about how an ASIS certification can help advance your career.

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